USA — A volunteer firefighter who collapsed and died Friday night after fighting a grass fire suffered a heart attack, Silver CityFire Chief Brutus Beall said Sunday.
John Adams, 45, of Silver City parked a fire truck along State Highway 51 about 10 p.m. and then collapsed, Beall said.
The fire was almost over and he started talking and just collapsed, Beall said.
Adams will be honored by firefighters from across the state during services on Wednesday.
He was a volunteer firefighter for the past five years and a board member of the fire department.
These guys go out and put their life on the line for no compensation, he said. They do it just for the community. Right there, you can tell what kind of person he was.
Adams leaves behind a wife, Marcia, and three children: Drew, James and Cheyenne.
The fire on Friday burned more than 600 acres about eight miles west ofMannford. The blazes started about 10:30 a.m. Other fires were set in the area about the same time, Beall said, and a white pickup was seen in the area.
Beall said agents with the state fire marshals office believe the fires were set intentionally, but will return on Monday to investigate further.